Arrested student to complain to IPID

2012-06-19 20:52

Johannesburg - A student who claims to have been wrongfully arrested at the weekend will lodge a complaint with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), he said on Monday.

The Star newspaper reported that Jason Modisenyane, 20, was released without appearing in court on Monday after being arrested following a shoot-out and robbery at a jewellery store at Randridge Mall, in Johannesburg, on Saturday.

Investigators reportedly found he had nothing to do with the robbery, in which four people were wounded.

He told the newspaper that the police kicked and hit him while arresting him.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini refused to comment on the allegations.

"I don't know. I don't know... All I know is that the prosecutor refused to prosecute," he said.

Modisenyane said he had tried to open an assault case against the police officers.

Tried to open assault case

"We tried to open an assault case at the Fairland police station, but the constable we spoke to there refused to speak to us in English," he said.

Modisenyane said he was accompanied by Trevour Zeegers, the owner of the home where his mother works, who could not understand the SePedi-speaking constable.

Zeegers said the constable was "very arrogant" and they eventually left the police station without being helped.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said it had not yet received the complaint.

Meanwhile, a police officer who was wounded in the shoot-out was back at work on Tuesday.

Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs said Constable Octavia Mashele had a grazed hand and a dislocated shoulder.

Four of the nine men arrested appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday. The case was postponed to Friday.

  • Henk - 2012-06-19 21:01

    The suspect was of Medium build, dark complexion, brown eyes, short curly black hair and spoke a foreign language......

  • keith.recore - 2012-06-19 21:11

    Certainly Jason should file a complaint if he was wrongly arrested and treated this way. When enough complaints of wrongful arrest and assault by those police are filed, eventually the service will take it serious and those police assaults and false arrests will become fewer. Currently there is the perception the police act with impunity. New Chief Phiyega should make this a priority for however long her career is to end this practice. There are plenty of good police who want to do the right thing. They need the support of their superiors as well as examples.

      Matthew - 2012-06-20 14:48

      The thing i find disgusting in that is, "when enough complaints are filed" then and only then does something should at the first complaint.not only when theres 25. the first one is telling you something is wrong.that 1st person must wait/hope for another 24 before he's taken seriously or is heard? thats disgusting. police = South Africa's worst gang

  • Phillip - 2012-06-19 22:07

    Jason, seems this is the same IPID that has just shut down the Blue Light Hijacking Investigation Squad, because they were getting a little too close to the bone for comfort. Do not hand all of the evidence you have to the police for them to manipulate, but rather do yourself a favour and find a lawyer who will sue the police immediately. It is unfortunate that as citizens we are unable to trust our police force, but reality is reality, and they have brought it upon themselves. There is only one language they understand.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-06-19 22:15

    U are not alone on assault by the police official. There is nothing u can do cause u have to open a case from their co - workers

  • Lindani King Nkosi - 2012-06-19 22:17

    Its about time these rotten police 'officials' get exposed! How do they expect a white man who's mother tongue is english to speak another language? I'm very certain that they read and signed their employment contracts in english!! I really hope the IPID is not bias in viewing these cases.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-20 07:00

    take them to the cleaners jason, pointing of a fire arm, discharging a firearm into the air in a built up area, assault, false arrest, being retarded while on duty, verbal abuse, pants to tight for a large person etc...hammer them

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